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(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's favorite beading and jewelry supply company, has just released a new line of Murano-style hand-blown glass beads that offer the look of fine Venetian glass from Italy at prices that can't be beat.
Exquisite craftsmanship and elegantly swirled lines add intrigue to large focal beads and smaller accent beads. True color throughout, the artistry of each meticulously swirled pattern is repeated throughout every strand with the same color assortment for each, allowing you to mix sizes and shapes in the same blend of shades. Murano-style glass beads are hollow for a feather-weight feel, and each work of art is sturdy enough for necklace and earring designs, with large drill holes for wide cord and 3mm chain.
Sold in money-saving, jewelry-making packages of medium and large sizes, strands are encased in a clear, plastic square tube for protection from scratching and breakage, and include a large metal split ring for easy-access hanging display.
Renowned for their expert craftsmanship since the 1300s, the glassblowers of Venice were once the only glassmakers with a refined knowledge of crystalline, gold-threaded and multi-colored glass technologies, and were ordered by the Venetian Republic to remain inside the boundaries of Murano or risk being assassinated. Since that time, the secret techniques of the Murano glass blowers have been revealed and replicated as new advances in technology emerged by glassmakers in northern and central Europe and as new fashions were introduced to the New World.
For over 36 years, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been known for their exceptional customer service and product selection--over 116,000 hot jewelry-making supplies available to wholesalers, retailers and designer-artists alike. Order your free copy of the Jewelry Maker's Catalog or browse a full year's worth of catalogs online with the catalog flipper for all the fun of the catalog with the ease of the web!